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Happiness Measures

Characteristics

Code:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-b
Focus:
Contentment: Best-Worst possible life (C-BW)
Time frame:
currently (today, these days, presently) (c)
Mode:
1 question (sq)
Scale Type:
ladder scale (l)
Scale Range:
11

Description

Selfreport on single question:

"Above you see a numbered ladder. Consider the top of the ladder as the best possible life and the bottom of the ladder as the worst possible life.
A  Please place an X where you feel you are now.
B  Place an Y at the point where you were five years ago.
C  Please place a Z at the point that you feel you will be at five years from now.
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life

Question A is the case question.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (modified version)

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Statistics Gorman (1971): study US 1970 Undergraduate students, Nassau Community College, USA, 1970 N = 67
Mean
= 6.370
SD
= 1.670
Verkuyten (1986a): study NL 1984 Adolescents, autochtones and allochtones, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1984 N = 261
Verkuyten (1989): study NL 1984 13-16 aged general public, Netherlands, 198? N = 3228
Mean
= 7.320